May 7, 2019
Valve has announced the release date for the Battle Pass for The International 2019 on their Twitter account. It will be released on May 7th.
The Battle Pass gives the access to in-game assignments and rewards (sets and treasuries, chat wheel phrases), interactives (Rylai wheel, quiz, voting for Arcana, special modes and team battles). Users can also predict the results of teams at The International and participate in the fantasy league.
The International 2019 will take place in the summer in Shanghai. On August 20–25, the playoffs would be held at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Dates of the group stage are still unknown. The theme of the championship will be the jungle and ancient ruins with the primarily violent colors.
The tournament will feature 18 teams. At the moment, four teams have earned enough Dota Pro Circuit points to get to the championship - Virtus.pro, Team Secret, Vici Gaming and Evil Geniuses. They will be joined by eight teams at the end of the season, as well as six winners of the regional qualifiers.